Lickliter to leave Butler for Iowa coaching job

Updated: April 3, 2007, 11:19 AM ET
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ATLANTA -- Iowa chose Butler's Todd Lickliter as its next head coach on Monday night, and he will be introduced at a Tuesday news conference.

Closer Look: Todd Lickliter's Record
Todd Lickliter

Todd Lickliter enjoyed great success in his six seasons at Butler and led the Bulldogs to the Sweet 16 twice (2003, 2007).

School Years Overall NCAAs
Butler 2002-07 131-61 4-2

ESPN.com's Andy Katz first reported the hiring earlier Monday.

Lickliter will replace Steve Alford, who left for New Mexico last month.

Lickliter was 131-61 in six years at Butler and led the Bulldogs to 29 wins this season, including an appearance in the Sweet 16, where they lost to Florida. Lickliter is the latest Butler coach to land a big-time job, following the footsteps of Barry Collier (Nebraska's former coach) and Ohio State's Thad Matta.

Multiple sources told ESPN.com that Iowa offered the job to Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings, but he withdrew Monday morning. Iowa also spoke with Creighton's Dana Altman Sunday before he accepted Arkansas' job.

Lickliter's departure could open the door for Collier, who returned to his alma mater to be the athletic director last offseason.

Lickliter is Barta's first major hire at Iowa since succeeding current Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby last summer.

Barta was in transit from Atlanta to Iowa City and unavailable for comment, Iowa officials said. Lickliter was also unavailable for immediate comment Monday night.

"I wish Todd well. He's given us six great years, but boy am I disappointed that we're losing him," Butler University President Bobby Fong told Indianapolis television station WISH in an interview Monday night.

Information from ESPN.com's Andy Katz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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